Funeral Mass for Elizabeth Wolf, 96, of Bismarck, formerly of Dickinson, will be 10:00 am Friday, October 6, 2023 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dickinson with Father Gregory Luger celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Visitation for Elizabeth will be 4:00 – 6:00 pm Thursday, October 5, 2023 at Stevenson Funeral Home with a rosary and vigil starting at 6:00 pm.
Elizabeth passed away surrounded by family on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at Sanford Health in Bismarck.
Elizabeth Veronica Rasch was born June 12, 1927 to Thomas Rasch and Julia (Richter) Rasch in Dickinson, ND. She was raised in Dickinson and attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Dickinson High School. She later attended Dickinson State College. Liz had a natural ability with numbers and worked for the Dickinson Creamery, Schnell’s Sales barn prior to her marriage.
She married Donald H. Wolf on November 28, 1952. They lived in Jamestown, ND for a short time before moving back to Dickinson where they raised five children, Greg, Dave, Julie, Jim, and Jane.
Liz was always busy taking care of her family and her parents, while also working full-time at St. Joseph’s Hospital where she did the payroll for 25 years. As often happens, when Liz retired, she was replaced by two people.
Her Catholic faith was very important to her. Well into her 80s, she attended daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. She prayed her rosary daily and was an avid listener and promoter of EWTN. Don and Liz sacrificed to ensure all five of their children received a Catholic education at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and then Trinity High School. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters and last year received her 75-year pin.
Liz lost her beloved husband, Don, to cancer in 1992 and was widowed for 30 years. Despite her sadness, she picked herself up and made a fulfilling life for herself. She enjoyed visiting her children and grandchildren with trips to Bismarck, Bowman, Oregon, Minneapolis, and Alaska. She went on countless trips with the bank traveling to many destinations in the United States, sometimes on “mystery” trips. She loved an adventure. Some of her fondest trips were taken to Germany, Paris, and London.
Liz was an avid bridge player. She was also involved in Red Hats and PEO. In WWII, she donated blood and was a member of the 3-gallon club. She loved growing outdoor flowers. Liz was an incredible cook and baker. There was always plenty of food on the table and she hosted many family gatherings. She was known for her sour cream twists, caramel rolls, sour cream chocolate cake, and angel food cake.
In 2008, Liz made the decision to sell the family home on 8th Avenue and moved to Edgewood Hawk’s Point in an independent cottage where she resided for 13 years. In addition to lifelong friends, she met many wonderful new friends at Hawk’s Point. She enjoyed playing bridge and going on excursions with the people there. In 2021, Liz made the decision to move to Bismarck due to her health and to be closer to her daughter, Julie, where she resided at St. Gabriel’s Assisted Living Center. She greatly missed her lifelong friends in Dickinson, but she again found the bridge players in the building and met new friends there.
Liz is survived by her sons, Gregory (Janie) Wolf, David (Sara) Wolf, and Jim (Laurie) Wolf; daughters, Julie (Mike) Luger and Jane Wolf; her grandchildren, Lizzie (Shawn) McBride and Rebecca (Greg) Meinertz, Andre (Kelsey) Wolf, Amy (Mike) Lents, Matthew (Aprille) Luger, and Fr. Gregory Luger, Cydney Wolf, Alex Wolf, Isaac Wolf, and Molly Wolf; and great-grandchildren, Kellen McBride, Elliot McBride, Max McBride, Eli Meinertz, Theodore Lents, Henry Lents, Madeline Luger, and Esmae Luger.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents, Thomas and Julia Rasch; sisters, Christine (Irvin) Scheeler and Georgene (Edmund) Kadrmas; and great-granddaughter, Sarah Catherine Lents.
Liz was a woman of grace and beauty with a heart of gratitude. We will miss her smile and laughter. We will carry on the Catholic faith and rest assured she is in her heavenly home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Dickinson Catholic Schools.